Jim McKenney jimmckenney@jimmckenney.com
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 08:17:46 PST
Jim Waddick mentioned " the "hardy Tazzetta' Narcissus 'Minnow' "


I'm pretty sure 'Minnow' is of hybrid origin, and I assume that is why Jim
wrote (as I might) “hardy Tazetta Narcissus ‘Minnow’ (rather than Narcissus
tazetta ‘Minnow’).  


But what ever possessed the daffodil people to use names already in use (in
use in formal botany as names of Narcissus species) for their horticultural
divisions? I find that very confusing. 


Some people writing about Clematis do the same thing; for instance, I
sometimes see references to Clematis texensis 'Duchess of Albany'. 


This is simply wrong. 'Duchess of Albany' is not a form of Clematis
texensis, it is a hybrid. Narcissus 'Minnow' is not Narcissus tazetta
'Minnow' but it is "the Tazetta daffodil 'Minnow'. 


In the case of the clematis, there is available a nothospecific name, x
pseudococcinea, which probably includes 'Duchess of Albany'; the name might
be written Clematis x pseudococcinea 'Duchess of Albany'. 


I wouldn't know how to express the daffodil name as a formal botanical
(albeit nothotaxonomic) taxon correctly. 




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